Magnitude 7.3 quake jolts northeastern Japan, tsunami warning issued

TOKYO — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck northeastern Japan’s Fukushima on Tuesday, the weather agency said.

The 5:59 a.m. quake registered lower 5 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The epicenter of the quake was at a latitude of 37.3 degrees north and a longitude of 141.6 degrees east and occurred at depth of 60 km, said the weather agency.

The temblor was centered in offshore of northeastern Fukushima prefecture which borders the Pacific Ocean and is to the northeast of the nation’s capital city of Tokyo.

The jolt, centered in the Fukushima, could be felt in central Tokyo and also shock other northeastern Japanese prefectures including Tochigi and Ibaraki.

Three-meter tsunami warning was issued and so far no major damage or injuries were reported. PNA/